Participate in Washington County Gives

Posted on: Monday, April 30th, 2018 @ 4:44 pm

          Join us in restoring the Saylor House in Hagerstown’s Kiwanis Park. Your donations will help restore the front porch of the building this year. Please give through the Washington County Gives website, https://washingtoncountygives.org/npo/washington-county-historical-trust, between 12am tonight through 11:59pm tomorrow- 24 hours of giving on May 1st, 2018. If you can’t …

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Early Fish Stocking History on the Antietam

Posted on: Tuesday, April 24th, 2018 @ 9:14 pm

Early in Washington County’s history, a group of men, including Peter Saylor, formed the Antietam Fish Company to conserve, stock and harvest fish in Antietam Creek. Peter Saylor was the builder/owner of the old stone house in Kiwanis Park. Come here Mark Madison discuss the local efforts in fish conservation on April 28th and take …

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You are Invited to the Saylor House

Posted on: Tuesday, October 11th, 2016 @ 3:56 pm

Photo by Kevin G Gilbert, Herald Mail Newspaper, Hagerstown, MD

Special “Before Restoration” HOUSE TOUR for WCHT members and Friends Sunday, October 16, 2016      1 to 4 pm (Free of Charge) After 60 years of neglect, until recently this historic stone building was virtually inaccessible. Thanks to hard work by WCHT members and others, you can take advantage of this rare opportunity to …

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“The Plan” for the Saylor House

Posted on: Saturday, May 28th, 2016 @ 10:15 pm


When determined preservationists present an idea benefiting the community to receptive government leaders, the result is “The Plan.” Occasionally, we are pleased to say, it works.     Hagerstown City Council Approves MOU Last week the Mayor and City Council of Hagerstown voted to approve a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with members of the Washington County Historical …

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SAYLOR UPDATE – Opening of Kiwanis Park

Posted on: Tuesday, April 19th, 2016 @ 4:39 pm


WCHT (Washington County Historical Trust) and ACWA (Antietam-Conococheague Watershed Alliance) are proud to announce a success story in the making. Members from both organizations (supported by numerous concerned individuals for whose support we are forever indebted),  appeared before the Hagerstown Mayor and City Council meeting last week where they presented a plan for an adaptive reuse …

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St. Patrick’s Day in Funkstown – or The Battle of Funkstown 1823

Posted on: Thursday, March 17th, 2016 @ 2:16 pm

St Patricks Day

For you, in honor of St. Patrick’s Day, an excerpt from Rebel of ’61. In his 1899 book Rebel of ’61, the author, Joseph R. Stonebraker, told of a riot on St. Patrick’s Day 1823 in the quiet little town of Funkstown on St. Patrick’s Day. Stonebraker had heard that Thomas Kennedy wrote a humorous poem about the event, but regretted that …

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Save the Saylor!

Posted on: Monday, March 7th, 2016 @ 4:42 pm

Saylor Ext 2

Near the Antietam Creek just east of the newly developed Hagerstown Light Business Park, in the new Kiwanis Park, a circa 1800 stone house stands off the beaten-path, unused, and untended for half a century. (Click here for Google Map of the Site) Inaccurately called the Loose House, this dwelling should be correctly referred to …

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Summer Picnic Meeting 2015

Posted on: Sunday, August 16th, 2015 @ 3:31 pm

Early undated photo of Old Forge Farm in  "as found" condition

  2015 Meeting of the Washington County Historical Trust Sunday, August 23rd at 4 pm Old Forge Farm, Hagerstown, MD Who can attend this meeting? Any member of the WCHT, and those with a passion for preservation  OLD FORGE FARM  20702 Old Forge Road, Hagerstown, MD 21742, United States Summer food is the fare for the afternoon …

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Stone Walls, Preservation, and the Washington County Comprehensive Plan

Posted on: Sunday, August 16th, 2015 @ 10:21 am

Stone fences have been criticized as costly, and wasteful of land, but they have a natural and traditional form in regions where freestone abounds. Pictured is Lester Gruber of Boonsboro in Washington County. (A. Aubrey Bodine/Baltimore Sun/September 4, 1949)

The battle to bring awareness to historic preservation in Washington County has always been an uphill struggle. To that end,  occasionally we must “see and been seen” before our elected political representatives.   The Washington County Planning Department has begun the next cycle of updating the Comprehensive Plan. This is our opportunity to inform our elected officials …

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A Effort to Save History; BKG still endangered. Update Summer 2015.

Posted on: Monday, July 13th, 2015 @ 9:29 am

The Hagerstown Airport permitted
"demolition by neglect" to this magnificent pierced-end brick barn until forced to require the farmer using it to do maintenance.

Why can’t history and progress cohabitate peacefully? The Brumbaugh-Kendle-Grove (BKG) Farmstead sits across the road from Hagerstown Airport on land acquired to expand the runway in 1999.  The farm was purchased by the Washington County Commissioners with grants from the FAA. As such, it is required to be used only for aviation purposes. The Federal …

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